Erik Lamela: Is this his best goal?

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Tottenham have moved to compensate for the expect departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid by agreeing a deal to sign highly-rated young Argentina international Erik Lamela from Roma.

Roma confirmed on Wednesday that Lamela will join Spurs for €30 million, plus a further €5 million in performance related variables, and the transfer will be completed subject to the player completing a medical.

Bale, meanwhile, is edging ever closer to his world record breaking transfer to Real Madrid, with Andre Villas-Boas telling reporters that Spurs have nearly thrashed out a deal for the Wales international.

The absence of Bale - unavailable due to injury - has been apparent for Spurs in the Premier League so far this season, with the club securing two victories courtesy of solitary Roberto Soldado strikes from the penalty spot.

In Lamela, however, Spurs will be hopeful they have acquired a player capable of flourishing at White Hart Lane just has Bale has in the past few seasons, with the 21-year-old possessing some comparative attributes to his counterpart.

Lamela plays with great drive and ambition to cut inside on his favoured left foot, which he demonstrated with arguably his finest goal to date for Roma against Torino last season.

The winger looked Bale-esque as he strode off the touchline and streaked past the opposition defenders, before curling a wonderful strike into the top corner.

How Spurs fans would love the youngster to produce strikes like that on a regular basis following the departure of their most reliable goalscoring.

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